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2017 BIXPO kicks off on Wednesday in Gwangju Updated: 2017-11-01 20:00:55 KST

The 2017 Bitgaram International Exposition of Electric Power Technology kicked off on Wednesday in the southwestern city of Gwangju.
Hundreds of energy experts from some 270 domestic and foreign companies are participating in the three day expo, which is being held under the theme "Connect Ideas, Meet the 4th Revolution".
Korea Energy Power Corporation, the host of the event, says that it hopes to offer access to the latest trends in the energy industry and also create new business and job opportunities.

"We want to promote Korea's outstanding energy industry and create a venue for global businesses to network with each other. By doing this, we hope to pave the way for local energy companies to advance in the global market."

This year's event, the third of its kind, seeks to meet the needs of the fast-changing electric power industry through a range of programs such as the New Technology Exhibition, the International Conference and the International Invention Fair.
The programs don't just look at energy alone, but also link energy to broader issues such as sustainable development and climate change, with displays featuring solar panels and smart city devices.

"We know that there are four different things that need to be done to stop climate change.
One is to carbonize electricity, another is to ensure electrification of things like transport, another is to reduce waste and the fourth one is to increase carbon sinks. And within this expo, there are potential contributions to all four of these things."

Aside from lectures and exhibitions for industry professionals, there's plenty for normal visitors to enjoy and learn about.

Smart home devices, VR and AR experience centers, drones and even the latest robot technologies are on display for visitors to experience.
The exposition will also hold cultural events including a performance by the New Seoul Philharmonic orchestra, K-Pop performances and traditional music concerts throughout its three day run.

Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News, Gwangju.
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